A quick preview of the offensive tackle position headed into the 2018 season.
The offensive tackle rankings are incredibly fun to do. It is my favorite position to rank after the quarterback position. Ranking the position this year was harder than it was last year since I decided to combine the left tackle and right tackle positions together, but it was still a ton of fun. Where does Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari rank?
I favored the left tackles a bit more since they tend to face tougher pass rushers on a weekly basis, but both positions were represented well in these rankings.
Left tackles play, in my opinion, the second-most important position in football, since on every play they face incredible pressure protecting the blindside of their quarterback (assuming the quarterback is a righty) and at the same time are facing off against top pass rushers who aim to do the exact opposite that they do.
I remember going to the Green Bay Packers game with the Minnesota Vikings game last December and watching a top tackle in David Bakhtiari face off against a top pass rusher in Everson Griffen. It was an incredible experience. It really helped me appreciate the importance of both of those positions.
Fortunately for us as football fans, we will have the opportunity to see most of these top offensive tackles for many years to come. Twelve of the 15 players included in these rankings (not counting the future five category) are under the age of 30, and 14 of the 15 players are 30 or under. That is obviously a very good sign for the future of the position.
Let’s get this rolling.